SHAWN NELSON & THE GOOD BUDS – “Enough”
Texan country-rockers Shawn Nelson & The Good Buds are a five-piece unit centred around the talented singer-songwriter-guitarist Nelson, and features Will Webster on electric guitar and vocals, Joe Beckham on bass, Patrick Herzfeld on drums, and Fletcher Murchison on electric mandolin and backing vocals. They are a swaggering, highly rhythmic band with a loose, relaxed feel that is extremely engaging, and immediately captivates.
The style is reminiscent of Ryan Adams in both his Whiskeytown incarnation, and also his work with the Cardinals. Other reference points found include Allman Brothers, Drive-by Truckers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Doc Walker, and three artists mentioned by Nelson himself in the closing track: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt. The choppy rhythm of the band gives the music a funky feel to counterpoint the “Good Ol Boys” country sound, and provides a definite cross-over appeal.
The new four track EP, “Enough”, a roots music smorgasbord, is led by the defiant title track which kicks the set off in fine style, with Nelson rebelling against bureaucracy with themes of Social injustice and disparity between the rich and the poor. The track features some wailing guitar work from Webster, and a crisp production that has Nelson’s rich, drawling, but smooth vocals right up front, showcasing his heartfelt vocal delivery.
“Come What May” follows in a more laid back vein, while retaining the rhythmic swagger, this time with a more positive message of forging forward despite the odds piling up against you, with a more folksy sound. “One Day”, continues in a cruisy style, evoking desert-scapes with its slight Latin or Tex-Mex feel , assisted by the echo effect achieved on the hookline. This song also has a bluesy quality, something that can be found at times in the other tunes on the EP.
The fun final number “Yea Ya Right”, brings the tempo back up, with a boppy tune that gets you swaying around, with some more tasty guitar work. The beat and rhythm even have a slight reggae feel that is infectious. This song would be great live, I imagine, and is a perfect tune for a beer with the boys.
Shawn Nelson has released two previous solo albums, plus two with his previous band the Ramblers, and these recording can be obtained via his website www.shawnnelsonmusic.com